By Olta Myslimi, YES Alumni Coordinator
Summer is one of the most wanted seasons by the Albanian citizens. Thanks to the long coast from North to South, the Albanians have the chance to travel in different cities to enjoy the both type of beaches: the sandy one and the rocky one. Those who live in capital are more likely to spend their days off at areas around Durres city, which makes the beach sectors in this city populated and polluted.
On the morning of July 17th, nine YES alumni arrived early in the morning from different cities in Albania to Durres for a beach and city clean-up project. When Linda Bardha ’11, Vanesa Osmani ’11, Arber Dumani ’12, Elvana Qeli ’12, Olta Myslimi ’12, Drini Zusi ’13, Igli Velcani ’13, Rebeka Borizani ’13 and Sindi Hoxha ’13, arrived they and split in groups of two, started work right away. Firstly, the alumni went to Apolonia beach sector and walked along the seashore and between umbrellas to look for trash. Afterwards, they went to another beach sector named Iliria, where they continued with the clean-up. After getting work done in these areas, they alumni continued cleaning places polluted in downtown Durres.
We hope through this activity to have spread a message to the community, citizens and to all of those who were around these areas that keeping clean the environment around you is the most important thing because a healthy environment means a better health for you and their families. The alumni were very excited for this activity and tried to give their best because pollution in Albania is a serious problem and we need more people to get warned about the consequences of a polluted environment and how we can contribute to overcome this problem and involve more and more people to join us in this action.